Shelter Pets Fly to Forever Homes

For 22 lucky animals from Fairfield, Ill., the journey to finding a forever home begins at 6,000 feet.

The 16 dogs and six cats, who were in a shelter in Fairfield, hitched a ride in a single-engine Columbia 350 to Chicago, where rescue organizations hope they'll have a better chance of being adopted. On the ground, the trip takes five hours, but in the air, it's a much shorter and less stressful 90 minutes, according to WMAQ-TV.

Pilot Pete Tobin and his wife, Karen Johnson, are part of an aviators group that volunteers their time and planes to transport shelter animals. The organization, called Pilots N Paws, was founded in 2008 and now has more than 2,500 members.

Check out this heartwarming video from WMAQ-TV in Chicago. For more information on Pilots N Paws, visit the group's website.


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